Health Care and Health Equity
Health, mental health and well-being are an essential part to living fully. The Autism Society advocates on the local, state and federal level for individualized and equitable health care offerings for the Autism community.
Health equity is achieved when everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Healthcare inequities are seen across disability communities, including Autism, and are exaggerated by social and economic factors. These inequities can result in differences in length and quality of life, disease rates, access to treatment, disability and death.
Recent data shows the people with Autism have less access to health care, an increased risk for co-morbidities, and have more anxiety and depression, than people without disabilities. Take action to address you or your loved one’s health care needs.
Transitioning from a teenager to adult is a big step. There are many important factors that are involved, especially when it comes to health and health care. The transition from seeing a pediatrician to a doctor that only handles adult medical needs is quite a change. However, this transition is a part of the road to independence and self advocacy. Health and well-being are essential to successful independence in school, work, and other social activities.